Kathleen Mears

Kathleen Mears
Kathleen Mears is a long-time blogger who has been a nursing home resident for 21 years. She is an incomplete quadriplegic and uses a power wheelchair to get around. Her computer is her "window on the world." This blog shares her thoughts and view of life as a nursing home resident as well as ideas of how it might be improved in the future.

Cleaning house

Accumulating stuff is easy to do no matter the space, but decluttering is trickier for blogger Kathleen Mears as she needs help to sort through things. She thinks other residents could benefit from a good cleaning, too. 

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Learning to cope

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears shares how she has adjusted her expectations and outlook as an incomplete quadriplegic. 

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Clear skin is in

Controlling breakouts is a trying ordeal to begin with but is more difficult for blogger Kathleen Mears because of nursing home restrictions on what she can put on her face. 

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A step forward

Putting your best foot forward can be a challenge with stiff foot and leg muscles, blogger Kathleen Mears explains.

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A winning combination

Over-the-counter pain relievers help resident blogger Kathleen Mears manager her pain.

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Secret hiding place

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears discovers empty wrappers for missing snacks on her roommate’s side of their shared space. 

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Altered space

Fresh air is good for the lungs and going out can do the soul a world of good, resident blogger Kathleen Mears writes. 

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An open letter to Congress

Blogger Kathleen Mears writes legislators about how the proposed healthcare legislation would affect her and fellow nursing home residents.

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An awakening

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears watches as one resident transforms after she gets a fork in her hand and starts feeding herself.

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Back on my feet

After some missteps, the nurse manager told resident blogger Kathleen Mears she can once again stand to transfer. 

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